Timothy Martin is a service-connected disabled veteran who retired from the Army after 20 years of service and deployments in support of Operation Desert Shield, Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

FullSizeRender_2He learned to farm from his parents and two brothers in Mount Olive, North Carolina on land that has been in the family for five generations.

After his retirement from the Army, Timothy and his wife, Carrie, returned to the farm and started Foot Prints In the Garden, Inc. where they are expanding a mushroom operation and working toward a four-season vegetable operation.  Timothy is a certified Master Gardener through the local Cooperative Extension and a certified beekeeper.

Their farm is being used as a path for therapeutic healing as well as providing a venue to bring people together while producing local, healthy food. Tim states “It’s important that the community support local farming to insure that the family farm is sustainable for the next generation of farmers.”

In 2014, Timothy was awarded a Bob Woodruff Farming Fellowship through FVC’s Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. He was able to leverage the FVC award with funds available through the USDA’s Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to purchase a hoop house, drip irrigation, and pipelines to their well. The construction was performed by a local veteran-owned business.

Thanks to funding from FVC, the USDA, and their hard work and determination, Timothy and Carrie’s dreams of expanding their family farm continues to move forward. “This puts us one step closer to our goal of providing our community with healthy affordable food to combat diet related diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.” Carrie states.